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    In less than two weeks, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for The Prudential Eye Award will be awarded to Thai artist Sakarin.

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  • 01/08/16--02:15: The World We Live In
  • Sundaram Tagore Gallery and Collective 88, in partnership with Ayala Museum, present The World We Live In: Through the Lens of Contemporary Photography, a specially curated exhibition that portrays how contemporary photographers document and interpret the world around us, creating images that are both aesthetically thrilling and deeply thought-provoki

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    The People’s Park Complex, with its cornucopia of activity and visual clutter, has played a pivotal role in the transformation of Chinatown and Singapore’s architectural, spatial and social landscape since its birth in the 1970s. Known for many firsts, including being the tallest residential space and mix-used building encompassing residential, office and carparking facilities, the Complex continues to capture our imagination, as it shapes and is shaped by the activities, movement and humanity in and around the building. Sophia Natasha Wei, Pasar Lelong Photo credits: Sophia Natasha Wei Nicola Anthony, NestPhoto credits: Nicola Anthony The ‘PPC | 珍珠坊’ exhibition, aptly held at the sixth floor carpark space of the Complex, aims to respond to notions of the ‘public living room’, where distinctions between the public and private are blurred, and human intervention is juxtaposed against the sterility of infrastructure and hardware in our urban environment. Through this new reading of the carpark and Complex, Hyphen invites audiences to reflect on and suggest alternative ways of appraising the treatment of public space, and at the same time, explore the hidden potential of parking architecture taking on a different existence. ‘PPC | 珍珠坊: A Public Living Room’ will be held from 15 – 30 January 2016, spanning three weekends with a myriad of visual [...]

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    From previous page ARTWORKS AT SINGAPORE CONTEMPORARY CURATOR’S CHOICE: ‘Beijing-Girl-2015-3-2′-by-Zhang-Xiangming,-Soemo-Fine-Arts,-China,-Booth-D06 ‘March’-by-Zorikto-Dorzhiev,-Khankhalaev-Gallery,-Russia,-Booth-B01 Some of the Show’s most interesting artworks, from well-known artists as well as emerging talents. Selected by Singapore Contemporary Director, Mark Saunderson. ARTIST DIALOGUES: ‘A-Scar—Time-is-Your-Enemy’-by-Gao-Xiao,-Gao-Xiao-Yun-Art,-China,-Booth-A03 ‘Smith-Street-Chinatown-Impression-II’-by-Ng-Woon-Lam,-GOLDMANN-SAGG,-Singapore,-Booth-B18 Singapore Contemporary welcomes 17 artists in this unique section of the show. Meet with these carefully selected artists and learn what inspires their work. Also presenting live painting demonstrations on Friday January 22nd (see program above). CHINA ENCOUNTERS: ‘Color-Film’-by-Chen-Ben,-BEN-Gallery,-China,-Booth-C19 ‘Tai-Chi—Boundless’-by-Yu-Nancheng,-Nancy’s-Gallery,-China,-Booth-D14 The latest in Chinese Contemporary works from leading galleries in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. INDONESIAN PAVILION: ‘Couse-Kid-Say-So’-by-I-Made-Arya-Palguna,-TONYRAKA-Art-Gallery,-Indonesia,-Booth-C13 ‘Hope’-by-Romy-Setiawan,-Viviyip-Artroom,-Indonesia,-Booth-C17 Five members of the Indonesian Art Gallery Association presents over 200 paintings and sculptures. Singapore Contemporary Dates: January 21 – 24, 2016 Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Opening Hours: VIP Program: Private View (by invitation only) Thursday January 21, 3.30pm – 5.30pm Vernissage (by invitation only) Thursday January 21, 5.30pm – 9pm General Admission Friday January 22, 12 noon – 9pm Saturday January 23, 11am – 7pm Sunday January 24, 11am – 6pm Ticket Sales: www.singaporecontemporary.com www.sistic.com Parking, MRT, Taxis: There is abundant parking at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The venue is easily accessible by MRT (Esplanade Station or Promenade Station via the Circle Line), and there are several conveniently located taxi ranks. Complimentary Buses: [...]

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    Singapore’s newest and most interesting art fair, Singapore Contemporary, opens with an exclusive VIP program and Vernissage on Thursday January 21st, followed by three days open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. ‘Androgyny-#7′-by-Kim-Nampyo,-atelier-aki,-South-Korea,-Booth-C01 The inaugural edition of the show, with the theme “A World of Art,” presents more than 3,000 works of art from 65 exhibitors and installation art by 14 artists. Exhibiting galleries are from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Russia. Held across a stunning 6,000-square-meter space at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore Contemporary unveils a number of works that have been specially created for the Show. Wellknown Australian artist Emma Hack has created a portrait commission of Singapore-born Adelaide City Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese, “Our Lady Phoenix.” Proceeds raised from the sale of the work will be donated to the Eurasian Association of Singapore. British ink-pen artist Jeff Murray presents “Singapore Sling” – works fusing Singapore’s natural beauty with the city’s state-of-the-art architecture. Renowned Korean sculptor Jang Seunghyo (known as Sho Jang) has created an amazing six-part installation for the show – comprising hand-made tiles, bearing sculptures of “Art Blossom” chess pieces and looked down upon by two huge “art” chandeliers. ‘Our-Lady-Phoenix-(Adelaide-City-Lady-Mayoress,-Genevieve-Theseira-Haese)’-by-Emma-Hack,-Emma-Hack-Gallery,-Australia,-Booth-B13 Emma Hack will [...]

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    Sous la lune/Beneath the moon, is the new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), LASALLE Singapore. It presents the work of 11 Southeast Asian and French artists and is curated by Khairuddin Hori, Deputy Director of Artistic Programming at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). Marguerite Humeau, Taweret, 2015, polystyrene, white paint, artificial prosthetics, plastic container, water pumps, water, rapamycin, resvetarol, 180 x 230 x 90 cm. © Courtesy the artist and DUVE Berlin Artworks in Sous la lune/Beneath the moon incorporate diverse and complex combinations of materials and techniques: from jasmine plants to the yellow venom of the black mamba; from chandeliers and electric scooter engines to the synthetic voice of Cleopatra. Bringing together artists from diverse locations, environments and experiences, the exhibition highlights the unique creative process of each artist but also reminds us that beneath the moon only time and space separate us. We talked to Sous la lune’s  curator, Khairuddin Hori, about the exhibition, perceptions and his experience of working in Paris so far. Durriya Dohadwala: You have said that the common perception in Singapore is that the art of Southeast  Asia (SEA) is rich in cultural and historical references, socio-political commentaries, and spirituality, whereas Western [...]

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    Art Stage Singapore, Southeast Asia’s flagship art fair, opens its sixth edition from 21 to 24 January 2016 (Vernissage on 20 January) at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. With its newly conceptualised Southeast Asia Forum, the Fair presents a bold new vision for contemporary art from the region, reaching new audiences and further positioning Southeast Asian contemporary art in an international context. As a catalyst for contemporary art in Southeast Asia, Art Stage Singapore 2016 continues to be innovative and proactive in creating art markets, matchmaking segmented Southeast Asian art scenes with each other and making connections with wider Asia and the world. The Fair’s sixth edition distinguishes itself yet again with its game changing content. It consistently drives contemporary art in Southeast Asia through its strong commitment to develop the region’s art markets and bring international attention and esteem for Southeast Asian art. “When we decided to create an international art fair in Singapore six years ago, our main target was to support the Southeast Asian art scenes and to promote and position them in the international art world. Art Stage Singapore has never been a fair, which only tries to benefit from local or regional [...]

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    The inaugural edition of Singapore Contemporary will be held from January 21st to 24th,2016, at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Show’ s theme is A World of Art, with exhibitors and artworks from Singapore, most Asian countries, Australia and Europe. Singapore Contemporary presents a wide selection of interesting artworks from some of the world’ s most recognized and successful contemporary artists with strong track records at auction, and a presence in notable private and public collections. The focus carries through to emerging and mid-career artists who are achieving a following on the international scene, and many with investment potential for the future. Here are five artists to look out for at the fair: ALEAH ANGELES Parallel Botany by Aleah Angeles, 2013, 183 x 152 cm (72 x 60 inches), Oil on Canvas Filipino art has created considerable buzz in the Asian contemporary art scene in recent years, in part due to the incredible international success of painter Ronald Ventura. Another Filipina artist making waves is Aleah Angeles, known for her works that have been described as “ lyrical compositions with a warm romantic flair.” At just 26 years of age, Angeles is one of the youngest artists to [...]

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      Kancil, Image credits:Throbbingpixels The M1  Singapore Fringe Festival 2016 opened on January 13 for its 12th year with the theme Art and the Animal! For this year’s Festival, 19 events from 12 countries will explore the theme of art and animal through a variety of mediums, art forms and languages. Artitute’s  writers reviewed two of the Festival’s highly anticipated events on its opening weekend. The Chronicles of One and Zero: Kancil   Produced and Performed by:  Zeugma, an artist collective that aims to explore ancient Asian folklore by reconstructing old and new narratives. Sharon says: I went into the theatre without any expectations, albeit a little worried if it would be too abstract. Yet from the beginning to the end, I was completely awed by Gloria Tan’s energy, emotions and the team’s efforts in putting together the many tales of Kancil. It was refreshing and perfect synergy between the actor, multimedia, sound and voice overs for the other animals. I could feel the audience was following- we were entertained, we were thrown into the animal world with questions, and we continued to seek answers. Kancil, Image credits:Throbbingpixels Some scenes are still etched in my mind as if they are fresh [...]

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    Affordable Art Fair Singapore (AAFSG) is excited to announce an open call for artists who are an interested in participating in a unique public art project.

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    Pan Pacific Singapore and Goshen Art Gallery present Rhapsody of Colours, a solo exhibition on an abstract series of oil paintings by renowned local artist Wu Xueli.

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    Steve McCurry, Women shoppers dressed in the traditional burqa stand in front of a shoe shop in Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992, digital c-print, 40 x 60 inches/101.6 x 152.4 cm; © Steve McCurry; photo courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery. The Sundaram Tagore Gallery has just opened the first solo exhibition  of Steve McCurry in Singapore entitled “The Iconic Photographs”. The photographer became famous  after having his photograph of an Afghani girl portrayed on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. McCurry came to Singapore for the opening of his exhibition and shared some of the stories behind his pictures with the press and the public. Steve McCurry, Boy in mid-flight, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, 2007, digital c-print, 40 x 60 inches/101.6 x 152.4 cm; © Steve McCurry; photo courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery. More than a photographer, Steve McCurry is a storyteller. As he pointed it out at the press preview, for him ‘content trumps form.’ He uses a pre-visualization process, wandering around and seeking for interesting places. When he finds it, he sets the camera and then ‘waits for things to happen’. This was particularly the case of the picture Boy in Mid-Flight Jodhpur, India (2007) which has a beautiful composition, capturing the [...]

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      In preparation for the art installation Joan Jonas: They Come to Us Without a Word that opened on January 22, 2016, the NTU CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art) organized a “Behind the Scenes with Jan Kroeze” talk with the American lighting designer, responsible for lighting the exhibition. Kroeze has an impressive background and experience in mainstream events. He worked previously not only with Joan Jonas but also with personalities from a variety of fields among them : Philippe Parreno, Merce Cunningham, Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Karl Lagerfeld, Red Grooms, Marc Jacobs, Robert Wilson, Christian Lacroix, Judy Pfaff and Kanye West. This was Kroeze’s first public talk after many years as a professional light designer and director of Photography. Representing a category of artists that normally works behind the scenes without much public attention, the work of a lighting designer is fundamental to help creating the mood of an event and many times can help define its success. That is why well-established fashion brands do not think twice before hiring a good professional to do the lighting for their events. As Kroeze shared with the public at CCA, in the case of a fashion show, the more impactful [...]

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    Sakarin Krue-On, Yellow Simple, 2001 2016 has only just started and with it marked the return of the Prudential Eye Awards to Singapore where it was presented at the ArtScience Museum. This prestigious award puts a spotlight on emerging artists from across Asia and covers a diversity of works. The categories covered by the award were: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Installation and Digital/Video works. Yang Mushi, Grind Detail, 2013- 2015, Wood, aluminium plate and lacquer,dimension variable Artists were drawn in not only by the large amount of prize money (total prize money amounted to USD 150,000 plus a USD 20,000 trophy) but the prestige and glory that was attached to the winner of each of the five categories. An overall winner was chosen from these five and awarded the prize of ‘Best Emerging Artist,’ winning a further USD 30,000 and a solo exhibition at START Saatchi Gallery in London. The selection of the 15 finalists for the Prudential Eye Awards was by no means an easy task with over 100 artist submissions put forward by curators, critics and art experts from across Asia in order to produce shortlists of three artists in five categories for Best Emerging Artist. Tawan Wattuya, Dek [...]

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      Bitch: The Origin of the Female Species; Photo Credit: Crispian Chan The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016 drew to its close this weekend. Here is what Artitute’s writers Reena Devi and Alex Foo have to say about two of the performances that they saw over the weekend. BI(CARA) by Pink Gajah Theatre (Singapore), Performed by Sharda Harrsion Reena says: BI(CARA) by Pink Gajah Theatre (Singapore) is essentially a study of what makes us animal and human. Through multiple narratives comprising of monologues and powerful bodywork by Sharda Harrsion, the audience finds themselves facing the blurred lines between these two distinctive worlds. Bi(cara); Photo credit: Tan Zexun The play reminds us that we are as much a part of any prey-predator relationship as any animal we come across – eat or be eaten, kill or be killed. We too, like the animals we kill and consume, are ruled by fear and threat when faced with a dangerous cobra, or when we want to save the pets we love or when confronting the breakdown of a relationship. The last storyline is one of the more unsettling and impacting performances in BI(CARA). Bi(cara); Photo credit: Tan Zexun Sharda Harrison proves her acting dexterity [...]

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    On the 100th anniversary of Dada, the Bruno Art Group presented “Dada on Tour”, a multi-media installation, at Art Stage Singapore 2016.

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    Singapore Contemporary at the 6,000-square-meter space at Suntec Convention & Exhibition center. Photo courtesy of Ian Lin The inaugural edition of Singapore’s newest Art Fair, Singapore Contemporary was held from 21 to 24 January at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre. With the theme A World of Art the art show presented more than 3000 works of art from 65 exhibitors and installation art by 14 artists.  These works were from galleries all over the world – Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Italy and Russia. The use of paintings as a medium is a crucial development in contemporary art today yet it is often the underrated aspect of art shows. The paintings exhibited at the Singapore Contemporary Art Show definitely lend the exhibition an understated innovativeness and gravitas. Fabrik Gallery Booth. Photo courtesy of Ian Lin Fabrik Gallery’s booth displays an interesting contrast of paintings by leading Chinese Artists Xu Songbu and Pang Yongjie. Xu Songbong’s pieces titled Hunting in Autumn and A Beautiful Day respectively create a fresh perspective on history, focusing on the Tang Dynasty’s obsession with horsemanship and the hunt. The visuals are striking both in terms of colour and [...]

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    Exploring the worlds of exquisite jewellery and their links to minerals, Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems exhibition will premiere at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum on April 23. Co-curated with ArtScience Museum, over 400 stunning creations from Van Cleef & Arpels and 250 minerals from the French National Museum of Natural History Collection will be on display.

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    Eugene Soh has come to be an established name in Singapore’s contemporary art scene as a young artist known for his tongue-in-cheek works. His most recognized work The Last Kopitiam was created in 2010 as a satirical ‘Singaporeanizing’ of the iconic painting The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

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    For the digital art enthusiasts out there, Singapore receives this week the first edition of the Betwixt Festival, Art & Bytes. The festival is a homegrown effort of Spang&Lei artist collective to not only exhibit the works of local digital artists but also to nurture collaborations and promote the dialogue between artists from different backgrounds and nationalities and the public. Spang&Lei is Serena Pang and Wen Lei and their work seeks to explore interdisciplinary collaborations mediated through art, performance and technology. About the Festival’s unusual name, the founders explain: ‘It was a struggle to name a festival that straddles two communities (both art and tech). We (Spang&Lei) kept searching for a word that would embody the cross-fertilisation and the “neither strictly here nor there” quality of our festival. We finally settled on Betwixt, an archaic term describing “in-between”. Digital technology often gets conflated with the future and futurity itself, we opted for Betwixt because it was such a long-forgotten word describing “in-betweenness”.’ Despite its curious name, the theme this year is Interstice as the festival itself tries to fill in the gap of a more comprehensive platform to showcase digital art and discuss its role as a medium to portray smart [...]

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